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Bulldogs Earn Second Dual-Meet Victory with 193-107 Win over UMass

Lugar Choi.
Lugar Choi.

New Haven, Conn. - The men's swimming and diving team earned its second dual meet win of the season Saturday in impressive fashion as they took down the UMass Minutemen in a non-conference matchup. The victory pushes the Bulldogs' dual meet record to 2-1 heading into winter break.

The night got off to a good start for the Elis, whose team of Mike Dominski, Zak Murez, Goksu Bicer, and Kyle Veatch took first in the 200-yard medley relay with a time of 1:33.72. Yale's B squad also earned points in the event, taking third place with a time of 1:36.03.

Juniors Matt and Jerrold Lee then took first and third, respectively, in the 1000-yard freestyle, keeping the momentum going into the 200-yard freestyle, in which Yale swimmers also occupied two of the top three spots. Junior Lugar Choi's time of 1:42.38 earned him first place, while freshmen Mert Altinok, coming off a strong performance against Southern Connecticut in the team's last meet, grabbed third with a time of 1:44.86.

Domination of the three top spots in each event was the story of the night for the Elis, who did just that once again in the men's 100-yard backstroke. Freshman Dominski edged out senior captain Tom Robinson's time of 52.39 seconds with a time of 51.78 to take first.

Yale maintained its chokehold on the top three in the 200-yard butterfly. Sophomore Scott Shinton took first with a time of 1:53.73, freshman Jared Lovett took second at 1:55.68, and junior Jason Choi snagged third, turning in a time of 1:55.91.

Goksu Bicer finished first for the Bulldogs in the 50-yard freestyle, and Lugar Choi took first in the 100-yard free with a time of 47.02.

Robinson then earned first for the Elis in the 200-yard backstroke, delivering a 1:52.06 performance to beat out Dominski, who took third. With the momentum on their side, the Bulldogs then took the top three spots in the 200-yard breaststroke, thanks to stellar swims from sophomore Chris Luu (2:08.84), senior Craig Steen (2:10.09), and freshman Dom Kwok (2:13.62).

As they did in the 1000-yard free, Matt and Jerrold Lee finished first and third in the 500-yard event.  Bicer followed that victory up with a win in the 100-yard butterfly, thanks to a time of 49.61 seconds.

Fittingly, Yale swept the top three spots in the final individual event of the day, as Jared Lovett (1:56.90), Lugar Choi (1:57.45), and Matt Lee (1:58.54) dominated the 200-yard individual medley. With the meet well in hand, the Bulldogs finished out the night with a second place finish in the 400-yard freestyle relay.

As for the divers, the top performances of the day came from Colton Staab and Drew Teer. Staab took third in the one meter competition, while Teer took second in the three-meter event.

The meet was the last the Bulldogs will swim before breaking for the remainder of 2009. They'll take to the water again January 10th when they resume Ivy League competition with a home meet against Cornell's Big Red.

Report filed by Chelsea Janes '12, Yale Sports Publicity